With the explosion of e-commerce package delivery problems have exploded to unsustainable levels, and the last mile—the part of the shipping chain that's closest to the customer—is the worst hit.
Each day, 90,000 packages are reported stolen or lost in transit in New York City. nypost.com reports on the strategy of installing centralized lockers across all five NYC boroughs to provide a safe alternative for New Yorkers who don’t have a secure area for package delivery.
An MIT Technology Review article noted how New York City is drowning in packages, with roughly 3 million deliveries daily, and highlighted some of the approaches that both the private and public sectors are trying to solve.
Check this blog for information on how to prevent porch piracy during last-mile delivery.
According to Sid Khattri, co-founder and CEO of Vertoe, the parent company of last-mile package delivery solution Stowfly “ The most common problem customers encounter in the e-commerce chain is package theft. Porch pirates are everywhere now.” Citing Stowfly research in an article mentioned in atelier.net, Khattri observes that 1 in 10 packages don’t make it to US customers on the first try, due to theft or missed drop-offs/pickups.
Mail theft is exploding in New York City and across the nation. Officials sound alarm on growing mail theft 'epidemic' plaguing New York City, according to Abc7ny.com. Mail theft victim Joe Croce says it was infuriating watching the same thieves open up his neighborhood postal relay box and make off with huge bags of mail, including credit cards, bank statements, and government checks in broad daylight every time.
There are hundreds and thousands of complaints about missed packages and missed deliveries in NYC. People in NYC tend to shop more from online stores and get their packages delivered as they have less time for traditional shopping owing to a hectic lifestyle. This very fact makes it almost impossible for package recipients to make themselves available all the time to receive online deliveries.
Refer to this blog for more tips to secure your package deliveries.
Last-mile delivery, or the transport of parcels from a hub to its final destination, is going through some growing pains. The process seems simple enough on a surface level: a courier drops off a package, and a recipient picks it up. However, challenges are arising because package delivery volume is swelling at an alarming rate.
With more people buying everything from medication to apparel and pet supplies online, recipients feel the pain when packages are either stolen, lost or missed.
From an archaic lock and key-operated system package lockers are getting smarter and more robust, proving to be a viable last-mile solution. To drop off a package in a locker, all a courier needs is a PIN or QR code for access. After they gain access to the system, usually via a touchscreen interface attached to the locker bank, the locker pops open, the courier places the package in, closes the door, and that’s it! Picking up packages is easier. The recipient will receive a notification via email, text, or an app immediately after a courier delivers their parcel. All the recipient needs to do is go to the locker, punch in their personalized code, and the door will pop open.
However, package lockers have their own set of shortcomings. The capacity of smart digital lockers to handle and accommodate an influx of packages during holidays and festive seasons is still debatable. Alongside, delivery agents tend to dump various packages in a single smart package locker and instantly leave to save time and maintain a record of faster delivery. This malpractice on their part defeats the very purpose of smart package lockers along with causing an additional problem as recipients who are only registered for those specific lockers will be notified while others will not be.
Along with this, smart lockers are pricey and have rendering limitations to the sizes of parcels that can be accommodated. There is also the risk of smart package lockers being vulnerable to anyone hacking the system and stealing the packages leaving no evidence and hence cannot be considered as secure 100% package storage alternatives.
Instead, it is advisable to avail the services of a package storage service provider in order to receive and store your packages safely. Let us try to understand the benefits you could enjoy from package storage companies.
Package storage can be a great solution to avoid hassles related to all last-foot delivery issues. Some of their benefits are:
With Stowfly effectively managing your parcels, you can finally bid adieu to annoying instances of Amazon missing packages, FedEx stolen packages, UPS missed deliveries & USPS lost packages in NYC hereafter.
Stowfly package receiving in NYC involves a network of trusted shops and stores near you that allows you to receive your online deliveries at their locations and pick them up at your own convenience. These package acceptance locations can be anywhere from your neighborhood coffee shop or restaurant that acts as your alternate address and receive packages for you.
Your packages are in safe hands once they are received at a Stowfly package receiving and package acceptance location. A unique pick-up PIN is generated for you. No one else can stake a claim over your valuable packages unless the unique pick-up PIN is shared with our location partner.
All you have to do is find a Stowfly location that works best for you in terms of hours of operation and distance from your home or office and select the right pricing option between one-time use or one of our monthly subscription options. We have three affordable pricing options. $4 for one-time delivery, $7.50 subscription for up to 5 packages a month, and $15 subscription for up to 15 packages a month, along with a $1000 insurance policy per package.
Stowfly offers feasible package receiving and package acceptance solutions to combat all package-related issues in not just NYC but also in other cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Washington DC, Miami, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas & Philadelphia.
Find out how travelers can benefit from using package receiving and package acceptance services all over the USA in this blog.